Saturday, June 01, 2013

Do Ken Cuccinelli and Mark Obenshain oppose efforts to fight the spread of AIDS?

E.W. Jackson has proudly proclaimed that the other members of this year's Republican ticket are in "Fundamental Agreement" with him. Well, if that's so, then perhaps someone ought to ask Cuccinelli and Obenshain if they oppose efforts to prevent the spread of the AIDS virus?

E.W. Jackson has a long history of fighting with all his might against efforts to prevent the spread of the AIDS virus.
Jackson, the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Virginia, has quickly established himself as a uniquely polarizing politician. But when it comes to AIDS, Jackson has backed up his words with action. As an activist in Boston in the late 1980s and early '90s, Jackson worked tirelessly to defeat programs designed to curb HIV transmissions and save lives. In his view, the only sure-fire way out of the AIDS crisis was abstinence; everything else simply encouraged the kind of immoral behavior he was against.
Where do Cuccinelli and Obenshain stand on this issue? Do they have the ability to separate their religious beliefs from the needs of society and public health? Or are they the same kind of ideologue as a E.W. Jackson, a man who would actively encourage the spread of a dangerous disease as a way of acting out his homophobia and religious zealotry?

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